Swerve by Sherilee Gray
Series: Boosted Hearts #1
Also in this series: Spin
Published by Self-published on April 20th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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He’ll risk it all for one more night…
When Hugh Colton’s father ran off, leaving him with a pile of gambling debts and a crime boss demanding repayment in stolen cars, his options were limited. Now his life’s on hold, and the last thing he needs to be worrying about is a distressed redhead in a Poison Ivy costume. He sure as hell shouldn’t be rescuing her in the car he’s just boosted—or asking her to come home with him. But a thief like him can’t offer more, no matter how much he wants to.
Everyone either leaves or is taken away, at least that’s all graphics designer Shay Freestone has ever known. And after a confidence shattering, career destroying break-up, she’s sworn off relationships forever. So it’s a good thing this raw, bearded, mountain of a man isn’t her type. Yet as one reckless hot night leads to another, their casual, no-strings affair starts to feel like so much more.
Can two hearts with too many secrets dare for a future?
Hugh has dedicated his life to fix his father’s screw-ups. The last one has left him and his brother indebted to a crime family that is demanding payment in stolen cars. Being a criminal was never his life’s ambition, he just wants to work in his shop and have a quiet life. He is finally within reach of it with only a couple more cars for the debt to be paid in full.
But the best things in life happen at the most unexpected times. In the middle of boosting a car, he finds himself coming to the defense of a hot redhead in a Poison Ivy costume who’s being accosted by a beer-bellied Batman.
Shay is not having the best month of her life. She had to quit her job as a graphic designer, has just broken up with her boyfriend (note to self: never date your boss), her beloved grandmother passed, and now her best friend left her stranded in a lame costume party having to run away from a persistent Batman who won’t take “go away” for an answer.
All it took was one joy ride for their attraction to solidify. And even when they both were set on fighting it, each for their own good reasons, when something’s meant to be there’s not much you can do about it but go with the flow.
Hugh was a tough, bearded, giant of a teddy bear. Yes, he was rough and talked dirty but he was perfect.
“I’m really attracted to you, Shay. I don’t do dates. Don’t like to waste time, either. You’re not interested, I’ll drop you home then I’m gone, no problem. But if you are, say the word, and I’ll spend the night making you come so hard you’ll forget your own name.”
Evidently she said the word.
“Let me make one thing clear. I like curves. I like soft, and I like round. I like a woman who, when I fuck her hard, her hips, ass, they’re cushioning mine while I’m doing it.”
“Yeah, beautiful, I think you’re getting it. What you got going on fucking turns me on. Makes my cock hard as goddamn steel. Don’t ever think otherwise.”
As I said, Hugh is perfect.
Shay was the shit too. She had some mild confidence issues but that was more than understandable after we meet her ex and her mother. Boy, those two are sure lucky they’re fictional characters and not real people because I would have loved to kick some ass right there. She was sweet, caring, smart and I loved her if only because she’d think things like “Is this cretin for real?” and had a Grandma whose life motto was Carpe-that-fucking-Diem, Cupcake.
They were really sweet together and fortunately there’s not a lot of angst involved in Swerve. Both Shay and Hugh had some issues to work through, which in Hugh’s case were actual problems (he had a crime lord demanding payment) besides what his childhood and life decisions put him through. Near the end, he dove a bit too much into the “I’m unworthy of you” pool but I could accept where he was coming from.
As I said, this was a fantastic read I greatly enjoyed. I’ve read other books by the author and really liked them, but I’m now going to be sure to get my hands on anything she’s written. I’d go as far as saying I might have found a new favorite author to me. Yay!
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 “yummy mountain of a man” Stars
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